November 26, 2014

Elyria
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County bailiff pays off old fines

ELYRIA — Dan Urbin, Lorain County Domestic Relations Judge Lisa Swenski’s bailiff, on Thursday paid all outstanding fines and court costs he still owed for his 2001 conviction on charges of complicity to unlawful interest in a public contract and sale of alcohol without a permit.

Urbin originally owed $6,308.36, but had only paid $1,870 of that amount when he made his last $20 payment in June 2010. He had been on a $20-per-month payment plan when he stopped making payments.

In addition to paying off the remaining $4,438.36, Urbin also voluntarily made $200 donations to Genesis House and the Friendship Animal Protective League.

That was “based on an estimate of interest on the late payments — interest that the county does not even request,” Swenski said in a statement.

Swenski said that she ordered Urbin to become current on the back payments and to pay more than $20 per month, but she never told him to pay off the full amount. She said Urbin did that on his own, borrowing against a retirement account and paying a penalty to do so.

Although Urbin declined additional comment Thursday, he has previously said that he was making payments regularly until he was diagnosed with colon cancer and fell behind. He has said he meant to start making payments after his cancer went into remission, but never got to it.

Urbin, who spent six years as county Common Pleas Judge James Burge’s bailiff before leaving that job abruptly in January, was hired by Swenski after her previous two bailiffs left the job. He is considered only a placeholder until Duane Anderson, whom Swenski says will ultimately take up the position, joins the judge’s staff in the fall.

In addition to his fines and court costs, Urbin was given 60 days in the county jail and placed on probation after he was convicted. His brother, then-Avon Lake Mayor Vincent Urbin, also was convicted in the case, which involved Vince Urbin steering $2,745 in city business to a party center managed by Dan Urbin.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.